Cornell's men's tennis team capped a perfect 3-0 week with an 8-1 victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering Saturday in Lake Bluff, Ill.
The Rams took care of host Lake Forest, 6-3, Friday night in Lake Bluff. Cornell opened the road swing with a 6-3 win over Ashford Thursday in Clinton.
Cornell improved to 7-4 overall with a current four-dual winning streak.
The Rams posted a strong 14-4 record in singles competition. Junior Justin Bradfield, a winner of six straight matches, finished 3-0 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Joseph Gelfand (No. 5) and Tyler Shonkwiler (No. 6) also both swept their three singles bouts.
Cornell rallied from a 2-1 deficit to hand NAIA's Ashford (5-1) its first loss of the season. The Rams claimed five of the six singles matches with wins coming from Ashan DeSilva (6-2, 6-4 at No. 1), Bradfield (6-2, 6-4 at No. 3), Orion Wilkinson (6-4, 6-0 at No. 4), Gelfand (2-6, 7-5, 10-8 at No. 5) and Shonkwiler (7-5, 6-2 at No. 6). The team picked up an 8-4 win from No. 1 doubles tandem DeSilva and Wilkinson.
The Rams were a couple games shy of sweeping Milwaukee School of Engineering, picked to finish second in the Northern Athletics Conference preseason poll. DeSilva (6-3, 7-5), Russikoff (6-3, 6-1), Bradfield (6-0, 6-1), Gelfand (7-5, 7-6) and Shonkwiler (6-3, 6-3) all earned wins on the singles side, while Wilkinson dropped an 11-9 tiebreaker in the third set. Cornell swept doubles play, including a tight 9-7 decision from Russikoff and Reyes at No. 2.
Bradfield fought his way back to a 1-6, 6-1, 10-7 singles win over Lake Forest (3-2) as the Rams jumped out to a 6-1 team lead. Also prevailing in singles were Wilkinson (6-2, 6-3), Gelfand (6-3, 6-0) and Shonkwiler (6-4, 6-3). DeSilva and Wilkinson partnered in an 8-3 win at No. 1, while Russikoff and Reyes won 8-5 at No. 3.
Career wins - Russikoff captured his 80th career win on Saturday. The junior moved into a tie for fifth place on Cornell's career wins list with senior teammate Neal Klauer.
Coming up - Cornell travels to Storm Lake for a double dual Saturday, March 10. The Rams (1-1 Iowa Conference) meet league foe Buena Vista (3-4, 1-2 IIAC) at 8:30 a.m., followed by Doane at 11:30 a.m.